exaggerated

[ ig-zaj-uh-rey-tid ]
/ ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪ tɪd /

adjective

unduly or unrealistically magnified: to have an exaggerated opinion of oneself.
abnormally increased or enlarged.

Nearby words

  1. exactitude,
  2. exactly,
  3. exactness,
  4. exacum,
  5. exaggerate,
  6. exaggeration,
  7. exaggerative,
  8. exahertz,
  9. exalt,
  10. exaltation

Origin of exaggerated

First recorded in 1545–55; exaggerate + -ed2

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exaggerate

[ ig-zaj-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪgˈzædʒ əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately: to exaggerate the difficulties of a situation.
to increase or enlarge abnormally: Those shoes exaggerate the size of my feet.

verb (used without object), ex·ag·ger·at·ed, ex·ag·ger·at·ing.

to employ exaggeration, as in speech or writing: a person who is always exaggerating.

Origin of exaggerate

1525–35; < Latin exaggerātus (past participle of exaggerāre heap up), equivalent to ex- ex-1 + agger heap + -ātus -ate1

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British Dictionary definitions for exaggerated

exaggerated

/ (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪtɪd) /

adjective

unduly or excessively magnified; enlarged beyond truth or reasonableness
pathol abnormally enlargedan exaggerated spleen
Derived Formsexaggeratedly, adverb

exaggerate

/ (ɪɡˈzædʒəˌreɪt) /

verb

to regard or represent as larger or greater, more important or more successful, etc, than is true
(tr) to make greater, more noticeable, etc, than usualhis new clothes exaggerated his awkwardness
Derived Formsexaggeratingly, adverbexaggeration, nounexaggerative or exaggeratory, adjectiveexaggerator, noun

Word Origin for exaggerate

C16: from Latin exaggerāre to magnify, from aggerāre to heap, from agger heap

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Word Origin and History for exaggerated

exaggerate

v.

1530s, "to pile up, accumulate," from Latin exaggeratus, past participle of exaggerare "heighten, amplify, magnify," literally "to heap, pile, load, fill," from ex- "thoroughly" (see ex-) + aggerare "heap up," from agger (genitive aggeris) "heap," from aggerere "bring together, carry toward," from ad- "to, toward" + gerere "carry" (see gest). Sense of "overstate" first recorded in English 1560s. Related: Exaggerated; exaggerating.

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